The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 21

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 14, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Otto has a girlfriend who he plans to marry and Bart offers the Simpson house as a place to hold the nuptials. Becky, the would be bride, confesses to Marge that she doesn't like heavy metal, which is a problem when Otto hires "Cyanide," a Poison tribute band to play at their wedding. Becky moves in with the family and the "hip-female" influence she brings to the family begins to get on Marge's nerves. Selma and Patty convince Marge that Becky is out to get her; Marge overreacts and strikes first and winds up appearing before a sanity hearing. Declared insane, she goes "on the lam".moreless

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  • Marge Crazy?

    Marge thinks Becky, a girl who was going to marry Otto, but broke up after Marge tries to fix their marriage, is trying to kill her. A really bizarre episode. I should probably dislike this episode a lot. I mean, Marge trying to kill Becky was almost unwatchable. It has some laughs, but nothing really funny. The first act is the best of the three. I think it got worse a little more each act.

    And the end with Becky admitting she WAS trying to kill Marge was bad, I think. Kinda dark, pretending to be funny.

    Overall, an episode I should not like, but I do.moreless
  • Marge thinks Becky is trying to steal her family. And it turns out that she actually is.

    IMO this is a very underappreciated episode. Then again, this episode has many episodes that people seem to poo poo for no reason whatsoever. This episode had some great gags. For example, when Homer is changing the oil on the car, and Bart trys to make the care fall on him, or how about when Marge jumps out of the window and says "Im not crazy!" This are just some of the gags in this episode that upon first glance become unrecognized and most fans are quick to condem episodes like this, but in actuallity this is an above average and fine episode.moreless
  • Marge loses it again, in a good episode

    One morning on the way to school, Otto takes the bus on a short detour to propose to his girlfriend Becky through the drive-in window of the restaurant where she works. Bart persuades Marge to have the wedding in their backyard, and everything goes well until Otto insists on playing the heavy metal music Becky hates so much. The marriage is over as soon as it starts and Becky winds up living with the Simpsons as she tries to put her life back together. Soon, it becomes clear that Becky is becoming competition for Marge in the home, baking, teaching the kids karate, and helping them with homework. It's only a matter of time before Marge snaps and tries to take back her life--by force.

    Guest Star: Parker Posey as Beckymoreless
  • Marge is Crazy today! Marge's felt?

    It's a mad mad mad mad Marge!

    Marge is feeling crazy today. But in It's Mad, she'll be laugh. Homer said D'oh! This reminds me of Marge Be Not Proud. Poor Marge! She will be mad and crazy. I have a word. Madcrazy. That's a crazyist word. Oops! Hiccup! I will get lost of rest just like Marge! Everyone need a rest problay me! Zbrittany. I think I will write to about 1000 reviews. Maybe you might watch it or not. And don't forget! Zbrittany will write a review tomorrow.

    P.S. Good night everyone and have sweet dreams, but not bad!moreless
  • 6.4
    Besides being named after one of the worst movies I have ever seen, this episode ain't too bad. It was created to be part of one of Fox's themed Sunday's, this particular one airing on Mother's Day ... so, guess the theme. Anyhoo, Otto ditches Becky at their wedding because his true love is heavy metal and no woman can replace that. The Simpsons, in their infinite kindness, offer to house the dejected Becky until she can get better accomidations (what about where she was living before?). Patty and Selma fill Marge's head with paranoia that Becky is a usurper trying to steal her family and the paranoia gets Marge labeled insane. It all turns out to be a big misunderstanding and everybody lives happily ever after. Becky is played by Parker "Who?!" Posey. Yeah, I have no idea who that is.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Marc Wilmore

Marc Wilmore

Dr. Wilmore

Guest Star

Parker Posey

Parker Posey


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The writing on the side of the altar in the final scene is in the runes from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. An approximate transliteration is "Chris Beelmen a tonia Jesus Christ".

    • Among the Psychiatrists at Marge's insanity hearing, is what seems to the young Dr. Foster, seen in the flashbacks of the episode "Hurricane Neddy."

    • When Marge was escaping the police by disguising herself as a band member in a parade, the closed captioning has the lyrics, "They're coming to take me away, ha-ha, they're coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-ha, to the funny farm". But the lyrics were never sung.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Skinner: Now kids, be creative with your video projects. I don't want to see twenty Blair Witch knock offs.

    • Marge: Becky, I'm so sorry I accused you of trying to kill me and steal my family.
      Becky: Hey, no biggie. I was trying to steal your family. I even thought of a good place to bury you. Then I didn't have a shovel so I went to the hardware store and they had six different kinds, and I was like, "Later!"

    • Bart: The kids are saying if you say "Bloody Margie" five times, she'll appear. But then she gouges your eyes out!
      Homer: I hear she mates with men, then eats them!

    • Homer: What are these things in the mashed potatoes?
      Becky: That's the skins. I left them on.
      Marge: Nobody's perfect, let me just pick thos…
      Homer: No! Oh Becky…your potatoes are the best I've ever had! Oh, God!

    • Bart: So, any words for the bride and groom?
      Skinner: Not now, Bart! I'm trying to urinate.
      Bart: You don't seem to be trying very hard.

    • Bart: Otto, a red traffic light means what?
      Otto: No time for brainteasers. Today's the day I ask my girlfriend to take a ride on the matrimony pony!

    • (recording Lisa on a video camera)
      Bart: Tonight, on the Discovery Channel…inside Lisa's nose. What will we find? Boogers or Nazi gold?
      Lisa: Bart, quit it!
      Bart: No way.
      Lisa: Bart sleeps with Raggedy Andy!
      Bart: Cut, cut, cut!

    • Nelson: Stop hitting yourself: take 1. Stop hitting yourself!
      Milhouse: Ooow!
      Nelson: Stop hitting yourself!
      Milhouse: Ooow!
      Nelson: Stop hitting yourself!
      Milhouse: Ooow!

    • Otto's Father: Your mother and I don't approve of this marriage, as we have not approved of any of your life to date.
      Otto: Well the important thing is, you came…
      Otto's Father: We're leaving…
      Otto: Drive safe!

    • Marge: Maybe I am crazy. After all, I am talking to myself.
      Hans Moleman: You are? Ohh. I thought I'd made a friend.

    • Milhouse: Otto's got a girlfriend! Otto's got a girlfriend!
      Otto: That's right, I do.
      Milhouse: Uh, I know you do... baby!

    • Marge: Let's see... candles, flowers, place cards, rice--
      Lisa: Oh, Mom, you're not supposed to throw rice anymore. Birds eat it, their stomachs swell, and they explode.
      Bart: Why am I just learning this now?
      (He grabs the rice box and video camera then runs outside.)

    • Marge: Don't mess with me! I've got Jimmies!
      (She throws jimmies in the eyes of ice cream employees)
      Employee: I only see a horrible rainbow!

    • Homer: Becky, I think I speak for all of us when I say, "When's the ice cream going to get here?"

    • Marge: Why do I always think of the perfect thing to say when it's too late? "Shut up, Becky!" Oh, that would have been sweet.

    • Marge: I thought the law was powerless!
      Chief Wiggum: Powerless to help you, not punish you, Take her away boys. Mmm... earned my treat.

    • Psych #1: Excuse me, what are you doing?
      Marge: Oh, I was just praying to God that you'll find me sane.
      Psych #1: I see. And this "God," is he in this room right now?
      Marge: Oh, yes. He's kind of everywhere.
      (The psychologists exchange disapproving looks)
      Psych #2: Marge Simpson, you give us no choice but to declare you utterly--
      Marge: I'm not insane!
      Psych #2: You didn't let me finish... Insane!

    • Marge: This isn't over Becky, I know where you live. My house!

    • Homer: Run, Marge, Run! Pump those crazy legs!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode originally aired as part of a Fox promotion called "The Mother of all Sundays", featuring episodes about mothers.

      The line-up consisted of

      Futurama "Mother's Day" - A story about Mom, the creator of all robots.
      King of the Hill "Transnational Amusements Presents: Peggy's Magic Sex Feet"- A sleazy man puts Peggy's feet on the Internet.
      Simpsons "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Marge" - Marge thinks Otto's ex-girlfriend is trying to take her place in the family.
      Malcolm in the Middle "Smunday" - A high fever makes Lois think Monday is actually Sunday.

    • Blackboard Joke: I cannot hire a substitute student.
      Couch Gag: Korean animators come and paint the family by numbers.


    • Star Wars
      At Otto's wedding, Patty and Selma are talking to Lisa about how guys are pigs, and Patty says "The bitterness is strong in this one." This is an allusion to Star Wars: A New Hope, when Darth Vader says "The force is strong with this one," about Luke Skywalker.

    • Krusty shows a picture of Marge with mouth of somebody else who is making jokes- this sketch is very familiar to the ones in Conan O'Brien's late night talk show.

    • The outfit Becky wears at the end looks very similar to Vamperilla of comic book fame. The differences are that Vamperilla's outfit shows a lot more skin and the logo is in a different place.

    • Episode Title:
      This title is taken from the classic 1963 film comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.